Using a material they call "Tope" (pronounced like "rope" but with a "t"), db clay has designed a new line of wallets called Version 3. Developed as an eco-friendly alternative (details below the fold) to both vinyl and leather, Tope provides the durability both materials are known for, without the toxins and heavy metals, and we love the results. The textured patterns and smart use of color make for a snazzy alternative to plain black and brown we see in many wallets, but the real star of these is the Tope.
So what is it, exactly? To quote their site, "Tope is a synthetic fabric similar (in texture) to a vinyl canvas. However, Tope does not contain certain hazardous chemicals typically found in most vinyl-based products. In particular, Tope contains NO PVC, Tope is made from non-toxic raw materials (it causes no dioxin, heavy metal or phthalate pollution), Tope decomposes when buried, Tope is chlorine chemicals free and Tope is fabricated through a pollutant free process. Additionally, we have engineered a tremendously technical printing process whereby we print high resolution and full photographic images using environmentally friendly inks. To top it off, Tope is also vegan and animal free."
These are impressive stats, hitting pretty much all the high points for the negatives of vinyl and leather production and use. Check out the Tope information sheet [pdf] for more details and head over to db clay to check out all the news designs. ::db clay via ::NotCot